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Nymphs Too!

The premise of my website is “classic” wet and dry flies, of course, but I also tie and fish with a lot nymphs. These flies more or less represent insects in their larva stage. And since my Woven Polish Nymph won an award at the 2021 MTFA Fly Tying Contest, I have decided to make my nymph fly tying cards (a) viewable at the bottom of my Fly Tying Cards webpage and (b) available in printed form for a small fee under the Fly Tying Cards product in my online store.

Cover page of Nymph Fly Tying Cards

This set of fly tying cards includes the following:

  • Woven Polish Nymph
  • Tungsten Diving Caddis
  • Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear
  • Mohawk Hotspot Pheasant Tail
  • Sexy Walt’s Worm
  • McKenna’s Sexy Walt’s Worm
  • McKenna’s Rumble Bug
  • Tungsten Surveyor
  • Rainbow Warrior
  • Holographic Frenchie
  • Skinny Nelson

The award-winning Woven Polish Nymph has been a great fly for me. It’s a caddisfly larva imitation and the colors can be varied as much as there is embroidery floss – hundreds of colors and shades. A skein of cotton floss is under a buck and will make a great many flies. I do like polyester floss for the underside because it comes in brighter colors that don’t fade when wet. It is a little more expensive though. The weaving is what gives the fly the realistic texture and the link on the Fly Tying Card shows you how it’s done.

The other nymph patterns have been great for me as well, all of them, but the Mohawk Pheasant Tail, the Tungsten Survey, and the McKenna’s Sexy Walt’s Worm seem to work everywhere I go.

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Award-Winning Flies

Award Winning Flies

A few weeks ago I submitted 5 pairs of my tied flies to the 2021 Missouri Trout Fisherman’s Association’s Fly Tying Contest. The results have now been published and, lo and behold, I won 3 divisions – Nymph, Dry Fly, and Wet Fly! My winning entries were a Woven Polish Nymph, a Western Green Drake, and a Fontinalis Fin.

Follow this link to see all the winning entries of the 2021 MTFA Fly Tying Contest.

I’ll be receiving my trophies at the Branson Fly Fishing Expo at the end of July. If you should happen to be in Branson at that time, stop by my booth and say “HELLO”!

Follow this link for more information on the 2021 Branson Fly Fishing Expo.

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Been Away So Long …

Darrell

Been away so long I hardly knew the place
Gee it’s good to be back home
Leave it ’til tomorrow to unpack my case
Honey disconnect the phone

… from verse two of “Back In The U.S.S.R.” by The Beatles

Yes, I’ve been away so long but it’s definitely good to be back home.

During my time away I made some improvements and changes to my website and my business. The website improvements are subtle but they are definitely worth it. I have a great new logo at the top of each page and a really cool new emblem that will show up on your browser tab and in your bookmarks if you link to one of my pages. Check them out …

The big change is that I’ve moved back to a northern state and changed day-jobs. And yes, it’s good to be back home and living where I did when I was young. Check out my Contact page for the exciting new location for Classic Fly Tying.

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Halford Dry Fly Collection #1 (5×7)

A new Framed Fly collection is now available!

This fly collection contains 8 trout flies tied as they appear in Frederic M. Halford’s 1886 book “Floating Flies and How To Dress Them”. You can read more about Frederic Halford and his book on our Dry Flies page.

The flies in this collection are as follows:

  • No. 10. #1 Whitchurch
  • No. 11. Flight’s Fancy
  • No. 18. Blue Quill
  • No. 24. Saltoun
  • No. 36. Blue-Winged Olive
  • No. 63. Alder
  • No. 66. Red Ant
  • No. 75. Dark Sedge
5×7 Halford Dry Fly Collection #1 (black)

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Fly Tying Cards – Halford Dry Flies

A new set of Fly Tying Cards is now available!

This set contains 8 selected Halford Dry flies. These patterns are from Frederic M. Halford’s 1886 book “Floating Flies and How To Dress Them”. The fly tying cards included are as follows:

  • No. 10. #1 Whitchurch
  • No. 11. Flight’s Fancy
  • No. 18. Blue Quill
  • No. 24. Saltoun
  • No. 36. Blue-Winged Olive
  • No. 63. Alder
  • No. 66. Red Ant
  • No. 75. Dark Sedge
Cover page of Halford Dry Fly Tying Cards
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Catskills Dry Fly Collection #1 (5×7)

A new Framed Fly collection is now available!

This fly collection contains 8 trout flies tied in the style inspired by Theodore Gordon, the father of American dry fly fishing. You can read more about Theodore Gordon on our Dry Flies page.

The flies in this collection are as follows:

  • Adams
  • Blue-Winged Olive
  • Greenwell’s Glory
  • Hendrickson
  • Light Cahill
  • March Brown
  • Pink Lady
  • Quill Gordon
5×7 Catskills Dry Fly Collection #1 (black)

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Fly Tying Cards – Catskills Dry Flies

A new set of Fly Tying Cards is now available!

This set contains 8 selected Catskills Dry flies. These patterns are in the style inspired by Theodore Gordon. The fly tying cards included are as follows:

  • Adams
  • Blue-Winged Olive
  • Greenwell’s Glory
  • Hendrickson
  • Light Cahill
  • March Brown
  • Pink Lady
  • Quill Gordon
Cover page of Catskills Dry Fly Tying Cards
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Theodore Gordon on Fly-Making

The Notes and Letters of Theodore Gordon

I came across this in a note written by Theodore Gordon’s on April 28, 1906 and couldn’t resist sharing it. I wholeheartedly agree with him.

If one has leisure, fly-making is an absorbing occupation and there is considerable satisfaction in taking trout with the work of one’s own hands.

from The Notes and Letters of Theodore Gordon by John McDonald (1949)
The Notes and Letters of Theodore Gordon
The Notes and Letters of Theodore Gordon (1949)